Mental health conditions are relatively common among college students and it’s likely that you or one of your friends will need help at some point. Most UW–Madison students would talk to a friend or roommate first if they experience emotional distress. Anyone can experience thoughts of suicide and there is no typical way that a person having thoughts of suicide will present to those around them. Anytime that you are concerned someone you know, this should be taken seriously.
Remember, you are not alone. If you are worried about a friend, you can call any number of suicide hotlines:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- UHS 34/7 Mental Health Crisis Services: 608-265-5600 (option 9).
- If your friend is in immediate danger, call 911.
Peers can play a central role in supporting student mental health and well-being on our campus. UHS encourages all students to prepare themselves to intervene and support a friend in need. Visit our Recognize, Respond, Refer page for information on how to recognize when a student is in need of support, respond to them offering initial support, and then refer them to additional resources.
At-Risk: On-line Training Program
At-Risk is an online, interactive training program that teaches students how to recognize signs of distress in their peers, respond appropriately, and refer to mental health resources. UHS encourages all students to complete this free training designed to help you:
- Recognize students in distress
- Respond appropriately
- Refer to campus and local resources